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The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds…

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract…

by Barb Rosenstock

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Caldecott Honor Book 2015 ( )
  melodyreads | Feb 9, 2015 |
  activelearning | Feb 8, 2015 |
Mentioned on Literary Hoots blog as possible Caldecott 2015
  JennyArch | Nov 24, 2014 |
This would be a good way to introduce young children (prek - 3) to Kandinsky, but older students would want more details about his life and his art - It does include an author's note and additional sources. ( )
  SuPendleton | Sep 27, 2014 |
Vasily Kandinsky was a dutiful boy who followed the rules and learned his subjects well until his aunt gave him a paint box. He didn't want to follow the rules anymore. The colors talked, and he invented a whole new way of painting. No one appreciated it, so he slipped back into doing things that he thought others wanted him to do, until one day when he was brave enough to listen to his noisy paintbox and create abstract art. The universal message of being caught between what was expected and being true to yourself touches everyone.

The author's note expressly states that the book is historical fiction; there is dialogue, and no doubt that is made up. ( )
  pataustin | Sep 9, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307978486, Hardcover)

Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers—like a proper artist.
But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds, the yellows, the blues, he heard a strange sound—the swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a symphony! And as he grew older, he continued to hear brilliant colors singing and see vibrant sounds dancing. But was Vasya brave enough to put aside his proper still lifes and portraits and paint . . . music?
In this exuberant celebration of creativity, Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré tell the fascinating story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors—and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box.
Backmatter includes four paintings by Kandinsky, an author’s note, sources, links to websites on synesthesia and abstract art.

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Describes how his creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors.

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